The African Oystercatcher is a large, noisy wader, with completely black plumage, red legs and a strong broad red bill. The sexes are similar in appearance, however, females are larger and have a slightly longer beak than males. Juveniles have soft grey plumage and do not express the characteristic red legs and beak until after they fledged. The call is a distinctive loud piping, very similar to Eurasian oystercatchers. As the Eurasian oystercatcher is a migratory species they only occur as a vagrant in southern Africa, and its black-and-white plumage makes confusion impossible.
The Oystercatcher Trail is a world acclaimed hiking experience, and offers both. It was rated by National Geographic Traveller as ” One of the Top 50 tours of a life time” for 2007 . The BBC classes it as one of “30 Unforgettable hikes to do before you die”, and GETAWAY Magazine rated it as one of the top 5 South African hikes. The aim is to ensure that hikers/runners enjoy every step and learn much about our fragile and beautiful environment.The Oystercatcher Trail is renowned for its eco and cultural educational value.
Mitochondrial DNA research has shown that all humans alive today descend from a small population that lived between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago. Archaeological research has shown that at least some of those people lived in Mossel Bay…
You will run through the Pinnacle Point area- the place that’s revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour.
Only 200 athletes
Oyster Catcher 3 day Trail Run
The Oyster Catcher 3 Day Trail Run will be following the famous Oyster catcher hiking route, the stretch from Gourits to Mossel Bay via the St Blaize hiking route. A lighthouse to lighthouse run along the coast.
Date: 22 – 24 September 2018
Registration, Meal and Slide Show Venue: Sandpiper Sports Centre, Boggomsbaai, Garden Route, Western Cape.
Boggoms Bay is the most central place on the Oyster Catcher 3 day Trail run, it is situated between Gourits and Mossel Bay so we have decided to have the meals and slide show each night at Sand Piper Sport Centre where there will be a Marque tent and where we will have the evening meals. The BAR will be open the whole day
Please note the different Finishing venues below for each day and plan your accommodation accordingly :
Day 1 Finish Venue: Sand Piper Sport Centre in Boggomsbaai
Day 2 Finish Venue: Big Blue Restaurant, at the Point in Mossel Bay
Day 3 Finish Venue: Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Gouritz River mouth
Event Format: Solo’s
3 Day Trail Run:
Day 1: 20km from Gourits River Mouth to Sandpiper Sports Centre in Boggomsbay
Day 2: 16km from Dana Bay 2nd Beach to Big Blu atThe Point in Mossel Bay
Day 3: 20km from Eco Marine Lodge, finishing at Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Gouritz River
Early Bird Entry Fees – valid until 1st March:
All Entries qualify for goody bags and lunches.
3 Day Trail Run: R2950
Entry Fees after 1st March
3 Day Trail Run: R3200
International guests can join for a fully catered Oyster Catcher Tour of more than just the event by going to Travel on our Home Page
Oyster Catcher Trail Run, included in the entry fee:
– 3 days of absolutely magnificent trails along the coast line of the Southern Cape, between Gourits and Mosselbay
– Permission to use the private property
– Free coffee at race venue each morning
– 1 well stocked water table per day on route with all the goodies
– Water table at the finish
– Goodie bag
– Technical Garment
– Bus transport for each day from the finish line to the start line
– Lunch included for each day of racing
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Finishers medal
– Prizes for winners
– Generosity and great atmosphere of each special venue each day
– Professional photographer
Registration and Late Entries:
Pre-entries will close 15 September 2018 or when the limit has been reached. Please note that this event fill up fast. No late entries will be accepted.
Registration for the 3 day event will be Friday, 21 September 2018 from 17:00 – 19:30 with a compulsory race briefing afterwards at Sandpiper Sports Centre, Boggomsbaai.
Compulsory Equipment (for your own safety):
As a precaution and depending on the weather condition, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during your run. It is for your own personal safety. Please adhere to the following:
- Cell phone (on roaming please)
- zip lock bag to keep phone dry
- Space blanket
- Long Thermal base layer (pants and top)
- Emergency food
- Water bottles
- Sunscreen (factor 50)
- Outer shell jacket (waterproof)
- First aid kit
Please ensure that you have the compulsory equipment with you at all times during race as conditions change quickly.
For all information contact Janine on email@example.com
Athletes wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:
50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 30 June 2018.
No refunds will be done from 1 July 2018.
Athletes cancelling may transfer their entry to another person, but that person will have to accept that changes to sizes etc. of clothing in the goody bag may not be able to be made if they are not available – when goody bags are applicable.
20% of Entry fee will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2019.
Contact Janine to finalise this: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have teamed up with CarTrip, a company that offers an internet-based platform that allows drivers and passengers to easily arrange lifts together. We encourage you to visit their website www.cartrip.co.za and find out more about this exciting new service. It provides a much-needed facility for our members to arrange lifts or offer lifts to various running events or even to and from our club.
Almost 70% of people that enter events drive to the venue on their own so it makes sense that our participants share their vehicles with other participants coming to the event.
The benefits of sharing rides to the event include:
- You are able to meet fellow participants who share your passion for running.
- If you are a driver you can recoup some or all of your petrol costs by offering a lift.
- If you need a lift it will cost a fraction of the cost of travelling there with your own car.
- Ladies can get lifts with lady drivers only if they prefer.
- More parking and less congestion at the event as there will be fewer cars.
- With fewer cars on the road, it helps our environment by reducing CO2 emissions.
So if you’re travelling alone to any of the running events or if you’re looking for a lift to an event then go to www.cartrip.co.za. You will see a dropdown tab with all the events listed, just select your event and enter your ride details. You can also email them with details of an event if it is not listed. We do suggest that you read through their FAQ’s should you have any questions on how it works and we look forward to our members embracing this opportunity presented by CarTrip.
Lunch is included in your entry fees, however, for breakfast and dinner, you need to book seperately. You can either book when entering for the event, or you can book closer to the time (we will send an email to give you opportunity to book your meals, closer to the event).
LISTENING HANDS SPORT MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Bookings are open for the 3 Day Oyster Catcher Trail Run, to book your massage from the 23-25 September 2017. Massages are half an hour time slots for R250 per person. We have times available from 12:00 until 17:00, and then 18:00 until 21:00. The massages will be at the Sandpiper Sport Centre. Please email Caroline at email@example.com , to book your slot.
Accommodation is not included in your rate, below are options that you can make use of:
FINISH VENUE DAY 3: GOURIKWA RESERVE
Gourikwa’s private nature reserve is situated along one of the world most breathtaking coastlines – the Garden Route, known as South Africa’s safe haven. It is famed for its scenic beauty and abundant biodiversity. Located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, the estate is easily accessible via George airport and the N2 (national road).
For more info or to make a booking, firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 702 9126.
Accommodation at Gourikwa (does not include breakfast, please book your breakfast with Gourikwa when you make your accommodation booking)
- 9 Fisherman houses that sleeps 4 people
- 1 Fisherman house that sleeps 6 people
- 3 Cottages that sleeps 4 people
- 15 single rooms – one or two people )
FINISH VENUE DAY 2 AND EVENING MEAL AND REGISTRATION VENUE:SANDPIPER COTTAGES, BOGGOMS BAY (BOGGOMS BAY IS BETWEEN MOSSELBAY AND GOURIKWA AND CLOSE TO VLEESBAAI)
Sandpiper Cottages in Boggoms Bay: email@example.com
CAPE VACCA ESTATE, CLOSE TO VLEESBAAI AND BOGGOMSBAAI
The unique, character filled cottages is situated in complete isolation on the Cape Vacca Private Nature Reserve. The Nature Reserve is conveniently located 42km on the Cape Town side of Mosselbay between Gouritz River Mouth and Fransmanshoek, and is only 40min drive from George airport. Accommodates eight people, with three double rooms and 3 bathrooms, open plan living area and is totally self catering.
STARTING VENUE FOR DAY 3: ECO MARINE LODGE (4 KM EAST FROM GOURIKWA NATURE RESERVE)
Nestled 4km off-road from the of Gouritzmond, one finds Eco-Marine, a haven unsullied by the commercial toils of day to day living, come join us in this fantasy of romance and relaxation.
Contact details :
082 448 7991 or 073 194 2132.
Friday, 21 September 2018:
17:00 – 20:00: Registration for 3 Day Trail Run at Sandpiper, Boggomsbaai
17:00 Bar open at Sandpiper
19:00: Race briefing for 3 Day Trail Run – compulsory
19:15 Dinner for the pre-booked athletes at Sandpiper, Boggomsbaai
Saturday, 22 September 2018:
07:00: Meet at Sandpiper ,where you will leave your vehicle and be transported to the start. Your friends/family can also take you to the start. No cars to be left at the start line.
08:00: Start of the Race. Run from Gourits River Mouth to Sandpiper, where you will be welcomed by the TriSport staff and your friends.
11:00 onwards: Lunch at Sandpiper.
11:00 onwards: Bar open
18:00: Race Briefing and Slide Show at Sandpiper, Boggomsbaai
18.30: Dinner at Sandpiper for the pre-booked athletes
Sunday, 23 September 2018:
07:00: Meet at Big Blu Restaurant, Mossel Bay Point, where you will leave your
vehicle and be transported to the start. Your friends/family can also take you to the start.
08:00 Start of the race. Run from Dana Bay 2nd Beach to The Point, where you will be welcomed by the TriSport staff and your friends.
11:30 onwards: Lunch at Big Blu Restaurants
11:00 onwards: Bar open
18:00 Race Briefing and Slide Show at Sandpiper, Boggomsbaai
18:30: Dinner at Sandpiper
Monday, 24 September 2018:
07:00: Meet at Gourikwa Nature Reserve where you will leave your car and be transported to Eco Marine Lodge, the start of day 3. Your friends can also take you to the start venue
08:00: Start of Day 3
10:00 onwards: Lunch at Gourikwa Nature Reserve Pool house
12:00: Prize giving and good byes
2015 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos):
Photos by Mark Sampson
2014 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos) :
Photos by Em Gatland
2013 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos) :
Photos by Mark Sampson
2012 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos) :